Blaine Fowers

Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of Miami.


Blaine Fowers, Ph.D. conducts theoretical and empirical investigations of virtue and flourishing. Fowers has written or co-written five books, including Frailty, Suffering, and Vice: Flourishing in the Face of Human Limitations (2017, APA), The Evolution of Ethics: Human Sociality and the Emergence of Ethical Mindedness (2015, Palgrave Macmillan),Virtue and Psychology (2005, APA), Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness (2000, Jossey Bass), and Re-Envisioning Psychology (1999, Jossey Bass). He and his research team study virtues, higher order goals, and their links to choiceworthy goods and human flourishing. Fowers has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham, England in 2016. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of the Joseph B. Gittler Award for Contributions to the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology.


Recent and Significant Publications

Fowers, B. J., Carroll, J. S., Leonhardt, N. D., & Cokelet, B. (2020). The emerging science of virtue. Perspectives on Psychological Science. https://doi.10.1177/1745691620924473

Anderson, A. R., & Fowers, B. J. (2020). A daily diary study of lifestyle behaviors, psychological distress, and well-being. Social Science & Medicine.

Owenz, M. B., & Fowers, B. J. (2020). A goal theoretic framework for screen-time monitoring behavior. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(3).

Fowers, B. J. (2020). Social science as an inherently moral endeavor. Journal of Moral Education. http:/

Lang, S. F., & Fowers, B. J. (2020). A shared understanding of purposeful caregiving: Reply to Hill, Wynn, and Carpenter (2020). American Psychologist, 75, 115-116.

Anderson, A. R., & Fowers, B. J. (2020). An exploratory study of friendship characteristics and their relations with hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(1), 260–280.Lang, S. F., & Fowers, B. J. (2019). An expanded theory of Alzheimer’s caregiving. American Psychologist, 74(2), 194-206.

Lang, S. F., & Fowers, B. J. (2019). An expanded theory of Alzheimer’s caregiving. American Psychologist, 74(2), 194-206.

Cokelet, B., & Fowers, B. J. (2019). Realistic virtues and how to study them: Introducing the STRIVE-4 model. Journal of Moral Education, 48, 7-26. DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2018.1528971

Fowers, B. J., Anderson, A. R., & Lang, S. F. (2018). On properly characterizing moral agency. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, 21-23.

Fowers, B. J. (2015). An Aristotelian analysis of the structure of human action. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman, & K. Slaney (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches and new directions for social science, (pp. 70-84). Wiley and Sons.

Fowers, B. J. (2008). From continence to virtue: Recovering goodness, character unity, and character types for positive psychology. Theory & Psychology, 18, 629-653. doi:10.1177/0959354308093399

Fowers, B. J. & Davidov, B. J. (2006). The virtue of multiculturalism: Personal transformation, character, and openness to the other. American Psychologist, 61, 581-594. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.61.6.581

Fowers, B. J., & Richardson, F. C. (1996). Why is multiculturalism good? American Psychologist, 51, 609-621. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.51.6.609

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